Last updated: January 14. 2014 11:18AM - 1365 Views
Wil Petty Staff Writer jpetty@civitasmedia.com

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Ashe County Habitat for Humanity enters 2014 preparing to build its second house and continue successful projects in the new year.

The house will be in the Buffalo Meadows subdivision near West Jefferson, next to where the nonprofit completed its first house in September of last year.

“We are planning to start in the spring time when the weather turns good,” said Bill Wheeler, president of Ashe County Habitat for Humanity.

Helping the organization will be approximately 20 college students from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

“(The students) will volunteer with us for a week in March to get this second house started,” Wheeler said. “We have a place for the 20 of them to live for the week they are here.”

Wheeler said the nonprofit will be contacting area churches to help provide meals for the students while they are in Ashe County.

Alongside building the house, Ashe Habitat will also continue Brushes with Kindness, a program where volunteers do repair work on homes belonging to the elderly and disable.

“We continue to have a need in this county for our repair program,” Wheeler said.

For these projects, Ashe Habitat will continue to seek volunteers in the community. Wheeler said the nonprofit has been actively working with churches to recruit people to help.

“We are actively recruiting volunteers to help with these projects,” he said. “We need more man power and new people to help us.”

In the early part of the year, the organization is planning another ReStore in spring, as a way to raise money. Ashe Habitat is now accepting donations for the event.

During ReStores, people can buy appliances and other items for household projects for lower prices.

“If people call our office number, someone from Ashe Habitat will arrange for pickup (of donated items),” Wheeler said. “We will then bring the items to our storage area and keep them until it is time for the sale.”

The Ashe Habitat had it’s first ReStore in Oct. 2012 and held two of the events, similar to yard sales, last year.

To donate items for the ReStore, to volunteer or to receive more information on Ashe County Habitat for Humanity, call the office at (336) 846-2525.

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